Naturalizations by the Numbers

May 20, 2015

After more than a decade of decreasing immigration from Latin America, recent Census Bureau data from 2013 reveal that more immigrants to the U.S. are coming from China and India than from Mexico. The Census Bureau recorded a total of 19.4 million Asian Americans in the U.S. in 2013 (including those who were born here). […]

Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May 18, 2015

Each May, our country celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, honoring the history, culture and contributions of our nation’s more than 18 million Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. According to the official Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month website, this commemorative month began with a congressional bill, which was first introduced by Reps. Frank Horton of […]

Disability Waivers 101

May 4, 2015

Lawful permanent residents applying for citizenship must learn and demonstrate knowledge of English as well as U.S. history and government. Certain elderly immigrants may be excepted from the English requirement and may take the history and government test in their native language. But what about immigrants who have a physical or developmental disability or mental […]

Helping Others Achieve Their Citizenship Dreams

April 30, 2015

Expressing his gratitude was easy for Hoang Truong when he decided to volunteer for the same organization he once came to for help. When Hoang arrived in the United States in 2009 he dreamed of one day becoming a citizen. He knew the privileges U.S. citizenship could provide, including the right to vote and travel […]

Citizenship: A Gateway to New Opportunities

April 22, 2015

On April 7, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in Miami to discuss the barriers that prevent immigrants from becoming citizens, what ethnic media can do to address those hurdles, and how the naturalization of new Florida citizens would change our communities. For one attendee, Sarai Portillo, citizenship […]

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans Announces 2015 Class

April 16, 2015

This week, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans announced its 2015 class of fellows. Every year, this fellowship program honors and supports the graduate education of 30 new Americans – permanent residents, naturalized citizens and children of naturalized parents. Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants themselves and American philanthropists, launched this program […]

White House Task Force Releases Recommendations

April 14, 2015

Today, the White House Task Force on New Americans released a report, “Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration.” The report stems from President Obama’s November 21, 2014, memorandum, “Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees.” That memorandum created the New Americans Task Force […]

Meet Selene, Houston Volunteer Citizenship Instructor

April 13, 2015

Last month, Neighborhood Centers Inc., a New Americans Campaign partner in Houston, celebrated Selene Escalera, a Citizenship Instructor who has volunteered with the organization for two years. Meet Selene in the excerpt below by Neighborhood Centers and help us honor all of our volunteers during this National Volunteer Week (April 12-18):   Becoming a U.S. citizen […]

Military to Expand Expedited Citizenship Program

April 8, 2015

According to press reports, the military will expand an obscure program that offers expedited citizenship to certain immigrants with specialized skills. The program, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI), seeks to fill knowledge gaps in certain language and health care areas. Ordinarily, an immigrant must be a U.S. permanent resident for a minimum […]

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Our Impact

  • The Campaign has nearly doubled the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites by since the first year through over 2,500 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Nearly 154,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $135 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded the New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More

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